After a Decade Justin Kolb Returns to "Kleinert James" With Stuff We May Not Know About
06/22/2012 - On Saturday, July 7, at 8 p.m. pianist Justin Kolb will present a unique concert with commentary at the Kleinert James Center for the Arts 34 Tinker St. Woodstock. The program titled "Liszt and the Barefoot Carmelite" presents early works of Franz Liszt that are heard infrequently with works of Hermann Cohen the young ward and student of Liszt. Also on the program roster is "Tango quasi una Fantasia" by Roxbury composer, Robert Cucinotta. Liszt supported contemporary music during his time and inclusion of this work reminds us. Admission $15.00 Students no charge FMI: 845-586-4457.
Cohen was a precocious and prolific protégé of the great Romantic master. "He was quite a rogue in his youth" says Kolb. "He was accused of embezzlement from Liszt and worse." Eventually this young piano virtuoso and published composer converted to Catholicism , gained fame as an evangelical preacher and died in Spandau prison. Curiously, the miracle worker's name remains on the Vatican's roles for beatification and perhaps sainthood. Attend on July7th to learn more about this enigmatic figure of the 19thy century and to enjoy some Lisztian pianistic pyrotechnics.
Justin Kolb is a concert pianist, educator and lecturer. His recitals are appealing and interaction with the audience is a Kolb trademark. The New York Times applauds his unusual programming. The artist's interests are wide and varied in the Catskills. He is also on the board of directors of the American Liszt Society.
An Albany Music Group recording artist of first performance contemporary works Justin has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Hamburg Philharmonic and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Clavier Magazine has featured him on its cover with an inside interview about his work with young people. His "power lectures" are popular at universities and the annual conferences of Chamber Music America. A recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni Award " from De Paul University he has appeared in venues from Budapest's Liszt Museum to Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre.